Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I'm back, baby!

The little publicized Bone blogging hiatus is officially over, at nineteen days. To put that into persepctive historically speaking, it's longer than the Cuban Missile Crisis, but slightly shorter than the marriage of Lisa Marie and Nicolas Cage. Also, it has received slightly less publicity than the Mike Gravel Presidential campaign, but slightly more than the latest Carrot Top DVD.

So why come back now? Why today? Maybe it's because today is Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday. Perhaps I was reminded of my own ill-fated trip to the Mardi Gras in 2001 and that inspired me to write.

Maybe it was the guilt of having received three Excellence In Blogging awards (thanks Sage, Gautami, and Marcia) in the past few days, yet not having blogged in almost three weeks.

Maybe it had something to do with the secretary at work making it a point to tell me the actress who played Amy Vining on General Hospital had passed away. And three other people emailing to tell me the same news. Really people, am I the biggest GH fan any of you know? On second thought, don't answer that.

Or maybe there is no reason. Maybe it's just one of those great mysteries of life. A question that has no answer. Such as, why is there no other word for synonym? Why don't they make mouse-flavored cat food? Why did John Waite only have that one song? And what is the point of that football robot thing Fox shows on the NFL games?

I apologize for the extended hiatus. Honestly, I think my case of the Januarys just lasted a little longer this year than it usually does. For about two weeks, all I wanted to do was come home in the afternoon, climb into bed and watch TV. OK, so that's always what I want to do, but for about two weeks, I actually did it.

I hate being down. I've always felt like I'm the one who is supposed to be up. With friends, I always feel like I'm the one who's supposed to entertain and make people laugh. In school, I was the one who winked at the dark, mysterious Spanish teacher, and later became Spanish Club President.

Thankfully, I do feel like I'm emerging from these winter doldrums. Possibly because it's 10:00 at night, it's February, and it's 70 degrees outside.

So what have I been up to, other than working and lying in bed? Let's see, I caught a nasty stomach bug for a couple of days last week and lost eight pounds with the on-your-knees-clinging-to-the-toilet-seat diet. After that, I walked around all light-headed and dizzy for a day or two. That was pretty cool.

I also watched Stroker Ace one night on CMT. (Wow, I can't believe I just admitted that. I must still be light-headed.) All you need to know is it stars Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson. If that doesn't scream cinematic magic, I don't know what does. Oh, and there's also a rousing performance by the incomparable Jim Nabors in a supporting actor role.

This weekend, I downloaded seventeen songs, as I continue to use up the three iTunes gift cards I received for Christmas. The new downloads include Adam Sandler's Chanukah and Thanksgiving songs, "Puttin' On The Ritz" by Taco, "Tricky Tricky" by Lou Bega, "Who's Johnny" by DeBarge, and "All My Life" by the vastly underrated R&B duo K-Ci & JoJo.

Thanks for the emails and IM's and comments checking on me. One thing I was reminded of during this hiatus is that we do make actual friends doing this blogging thing. I've missed you guys. I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you and returning to writing about all the insignificant things in life.

"I ain't missing you at all, since you've been gone away. I ain't missing you, no matter what my friends say..."


  1. i was wondering what you were up to. i missed you.

  2. I had a witty retort to something but I got stuck at the 8 pounds during the stomach flu. I like those details left to the imagination :)

    I'm going to give into the January's every year--it's fun to get in bed and watch TV--especially when recovering from the stomach flu :)Or just because.....

  3. Oh, thank GOODNESS you're back. Too late, though, I already e-mailed you in a panic...Google Reader hasn't picked you up yet, and I didn't think to come look before I hit "send".
    I have always had the winter blahs...big-time. This is the first year ever that I haven't...and it's because I've been working. Getting up and getting out has been the best thing for me to do :)
    I'm so glad you're back, Bone...don't scare us like that! :)

  4. Lisa Marie was married to Nicolas Cage?!?! Who knew?? (Well, besides you, which is why we obviously need you in the blogosphere.)

    Welcome back: I think it's safe to say you probably made the blogosphere a happy place tonight. *hugs*

    I'm looking forward to catching up with all of you and returning to writing about all the insignificant things in life.

    That's the only thing I'll disagree with... if it's going on in your life, it's not really insignificant. Because life isn't - no matter what you're doing at the time. What one person considers an accomplishment or time well spent, another might totally dismiss. So no matter what you're writing about, it's always bound to mean something to someone.

    (P.S. Excellent lyric choice.)

  5. Sizzle: Thanks. That's what I was up to, being blah and watching Stroker Ace. Missed you, too.

    Pia: Yeah, I first was going to say "lost eight pounds the hard way" but uh...

    Well, they usually only last a few days for me. But this year, they pushed plumb into February.

    Jennifer: Thanks for checking on me :) If that ever happens again, I'll try and post a brief status message. Either that, or get a webcam and go live from my bedroom 24/7 :)

    TC: You didn't know that? Maybe you were out of the country for those three months or something :)


    Oh, I dunno, I've blogged some pretty insignificant things over the years.

  6. Live blogging with a web cam from the bedroom?


    I think your female readers would probably be all for that. Of course, you might end up with a stalker or two, but whatever, right?

  7. I'm so sorry to hear that you were sick...seems that a stomach bug is going around here as well...I'm just hoping that I don't catch it! although the weight loss... nah, that hurts too much.

    From all the pictures I've seen of you, you can't stand to loose 8lbs...so go load up on some pizza & beer.

    And we were missin you. Glad you're back.

  8. Glad to have you back, glad to hear that you're the one person in thousand who are successful at dieting (but no more details, please), glad to know that you didn't freeze to death in a snow drift as, according to your last post, 'bama had received two inches of snow...

  9. I'm so happy you are back! You came back with a witty post. Very nice. Hope February is a great month.

    I thought of you when I heard Amy Vining passed away.

    "Tricky Tricky" is a great song.

  10. Also, I need your date of birth so I can begin working on your dedication.

  11. I think that blog was worth the wait. Sardonic and sarcastic yet surprisingly quirky and funny (no, I do not aspire to be a critic for writers -- but maybe for C movies starring Loni Anderson and Burt Reynolds). Good to know you're feeling better. And also, among those insanely unanswerable questions: Why isn't the word 'phonetic' spelled phonetically? Hmmmmm......

  12. Now that you are back, all is well that ends well.

  13. Anonymous: Yeah, that's the risk you run,I suppose.

    Renee: Thanks. Apparently, my Vitamin C shield has no effect on stomach viruses. (Or is it viri?)

    I could definitely use some girl scout cookies to help put some weight back on :)

    Sage: OK, I gotta come clean. You guessed it. I've actually been holed up waiting for our inch of snow to melt :)

    OK Chick: Thank you. Apparently lots of people thought of me when they heard Amy Vining passed away :)

    Sean P: Thank you much. And thanks also for adding to the unanswerable question fun. I think a weekly review of a different Burt Reynolds movie sounds great :)

    Gautami: I suppose so. It's good to be back.

  14. Good to see you back Bone, I am glad you are feeling better, that stomach bug is going round it seems...caught the same in Jan..horrible experience. Look forward to more Bone adventures, happy 08 to you.

  15. Thank goodness you are back, I was afraid if I emailed you twice in a few months you would think you were being stalked... and I was about to cave in - kind of like you caved in with the Roman Numerals... could you at least do both? Compromise?

    (Glad you are better.)

  16. I,too, was suffering winter blahs and posting little...and wondering what the heck you were up to. Glad to see you are back, though the groundhog says six more weeks!!
    Umm...GH? Really?

  17. So happy you are back and feeling better. A little myspace birdie told me your birthday is coming up, is that true?

  18. YEAH!!! you are back. I wondered if my google reader had something against your blog and was checking it manually.

    another question to ponder: why is the word abbreviated so long?

  19. You music download choices are scaring me. DeBarge? Glad your back and not sick and not brooding over the loss of Amy Vining.

  20. well, Lord in heaven, I thought you'd fallen off the earth- I'm so excited that you're back!

    sad news about our GH loss- truly tragic.

    and good call on KC&JoJo-- I pray for someone like you! Love it!!

  21. Why do we drive on a parkway and park in a driveway?

  22. UL: Yes, the stomach bug is nowhere near as fun as blogging :) Thanks. I'm looking forward to catching up with you, as well.

    Marcia: No, two emails in a month does not constitute stalking. Especially if I reply to them :) Yeah, I'll probably go back to alternating or something, like I used to do when 3WW was here.

    Jeri: Yeah, GH. Really. Please don't let that cause you to stop reading :) I was raised to watch it, and it's a tough habit to break.

    HotPink: Thank you. And the MySpace birdie is correct.

    Charlotta: YEAH!!!

    Three exclamation points. Now that's the kind of enthusiasm I like to see.

    Another fine question to ponder for a few hours.

    Carnealian: Well, that was bound to happen. DeBarge rocked... in a smooth pop-sounding sort of way.

    Cami: Aww, thanks :) "Girl, you are close to me, you're like my sister. Close to me you're like my brother."

    TC: Maybe someone should take each of these unanswerable questions and write a blog post trying to answer them. Sounds like a good idea for you :)

  23. Sounds like a good idea for you :)

    Oh I don't know, Bone, I seem to have plenty to write about... you're the one who has had this long hiatus: I think I'll leave that all for you :) But thanks for thinking of me: that was so nice of you!

    (Richard Lederer: I'm telling you, read him.)

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  25. okay, which kind of girl scout cookies do you want?

  26. Welcome back! I'm in a funk these days too, but still keeping up with the 365. Thanks for stopping by!

  27. I didn't email you about it, but when I heard about the GH nurse, you're the first person I thought of. Sorry to have to tell you that. Glad you're back though.

  28. Stroker Ace, bwa ha ha ha ha! I prefer Smokey and the Bandit... ;-)

    "The Januarys" I totally "get" what you mean by that. I'm glad you're back and on the road to wellness.

    And don't put too much pressure on yourself. Your friends understand that you can't be UP all the time. And if they don't, they're not the kinds of friends you want to go all out for anyways.

  29. TC: I wiki'd him. He likes palindromes. Cool!

    Renee: Thin Mints are my favorite.

    Kontan: I've often thought of making myself post every day for a week or two weeks straight. I don't think I could do a year, though :)

    Lass: Eh, I guess it's nice to be known for something.

    Jen: Was that bwa ha ha because you remember how funny of a movie it was? :)

    Yeah, I know. It's more me putting the pressure on myself, I think.

  30. Oh heaven help me, what have I started?!?!

  31. TC: I dunno. Just as long as you know whatever it becomes, you started it :)